30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 2

The Band That Wouldn't Die (13 Oct. 2009)

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This episode tells the story of the overnight relocation of the Baltimore Colts to the city of Indianapolis. We explore the reactions of the fans, the various actions and interviews with ... See full summary »

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This episode tells the story of the overnight relocation of the Baltimore Colts to the city of Indianapolis. We explore the reactions of the fans, the various actions and interviews with the teams owner and finally how the band kept the spirit of a professional football team alive until the arrival of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. Written by glenchapman@ruraltel.net

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A True David vs Goliath
1 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

30 for 30: The Band That Wouldn't Die (2009)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nice and rather touching documentary about the Baltimore Colts Marching Band who stayed in town doing their jobs even after the owners of the Baltimore Colts loaded the team up on a truck one night and snuck them off to Indianapolis. The documentary, from Baltimore native Levinson, does a terrific job telling this story, which is clearly one of the biggest "David vs. Goliath" stories in sports history. We get to hear many wonderful personal stories that go from the fun of being in the band to the heartbreak of knowing that you're beloved team is no longer yours. The decision of these men and women to keep on playing even though the team wasn't there is a terrific underdog story and the eventual turning point of the city getting another team is extremely entertaining. I loved the way Levinson made this a very personal film as he perfectly mixed in the stories of the band members but also in telling the story of the owners, the Mayor and various other folks involved in the story. When I first heard about this being an entry in the series, I really scratched my head wondering what type of story a marching band could tell but in the end it turned out to be a real gem and certainly one of the best gems out there right now.


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